Music Memorabilia Sales

While I was researching The Boston Jazz Chronicles, I met people with collections of souvenirs and mementos of their lives in and around music. People saved all kinds of items, far more than the photos and sound recordings I expected to find. They saved ephemera, too. I saw handbills, posters, newspaper clippings, tickets and ticket stubs, postcards, stationary, backstage passes, concert programs, business cards, events calendars, matchbooks, playbills, cocktail napkins, and invitations. As I looked at all those treasures, the collecting bug bit me, and it is only a short eBay step from being a buyer to being a seller. And you have landed in the Troy Street music memorabilia sales department.

I buy, sell and trade memorabilia and ephemera for all different kinds of music, although I am most partial to jazz ephemera from before 1990. I sell music memorabilia in two ways:

  • Through eBay, using the seller ID rpv651. The bulk of my listings are there. View my current eBay listings.
  • Privately through this website, using PayPal for invoicing and payment. Refer to my Sales Policy page for the details.

Handbills, Flyers, Postcards

Handbills, Flyers, and PostcardsI started collecting flyers, postcards and similar musical ephemera for one reason: cost. Like many people, I wanted to collect posters. They are often emblematic of their era—think about San Francisco and those psychedelic art posters advertising concerts in the 1960s. But posters, especially those showing minimal wear or damage, can be expensive and hard to find. Handbills, flyers, and postcards offer a less expensive collecting option.

Most of my items are from New York City and Boston, and mainly from the 1960s and 1970s. These are originals, not reproductions, and what you see here are the actual items for sale—no substitutions. The Troy Street Images watermark does not appear on the actual items.

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Flyer: "Jazz on Broadway" at the Little Theatre, NYC, February/March 1964This flyer is for a concert series presented by Jazz Enterprises at the Little Theatre near Times Square in February and March 1964. Handbill artist is Edgar Blakeney. The series included Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, Lucky Thompson, Earl Hines, and Randy Weston. The Jazz Enterprises organizers included Dan Morgenstern and David Himmelstein. A series ticket cost $12.00!

This original flyer is printed on plain paper and measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches (14 x 21.5 cm). Some rounding on the corners, otherwise condition is near mint. Price: $29. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Flyer: schedule for Slugs' jazz club, October/November 1966 Slugs’ was the legendary NYC jazz club and musicians’ hangout owned by Robert Schoenholt and Jerry Schultz from 1964 to 1972. As one account has it, you went to Slugs’ to hear a Blue Note album being played live. It closed in 1972, not long after trumpeter Lee Morgan was shot dead there. This flyer shows the schedule from October/November 1966, featuring the groups of Benny Powell, Ornette Coleman, Grant Green, Curtis Fuller, Lou Donaldson, and Stanley Turrentine/Shirley Scott.

This original flyer is printed on plain paper and measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches (14 x 21.5 cm). Condition is near mint. Price: $29. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Flyer: Leonard Cohen concert, 1975Concert producer HT Productions brought Leonard Cohen to Boston’s Symphony Hall on Feb 9, 1975. They probably posted a flyer like this one on every campus bulletin board in Boston in the days before the concert.

This original flyer measures 6.5 x 8.5 inches (16.5 x 21.5 cm) and is printed on card stock. It was intended for use as a direct mail piece. The reverse side has the return address and postal permit info. The card is in near-mint condition. Price: $29. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Flyer: Jazz Spectacular at Crystal Room, Feb 1963Boots Mussulli was a saxophonist who is best known for his work with the Stan Kenton and Herb Pomeroy orchestras. He also founded and directed the Milford Area Youth Orchestra, whose swinging set surprised everybody at Newport in 1967. And Boots ran the Crystal Room, a jazz club in his home town of Milford, MA. Here is a handbill from the Crystal Room advertising a Jazz Spectacular that played on Feb 22, 1963. Trumpeter Roy Eldridge and tap dancer Bunny Briggs were the headliners, with Herb Pomeroy’s orchestra, Hammond B3 organist Joe Bucci, and vocalist Mae Arnette also on the program.

This original flyer is printed on plain paper and measures 8.5 x 11 inches (21.5 x 28 cm). The date was hand-corrected in ink. Condition is near mint. Price: $25. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Charles Lloyd, Dick Gregory handbillPaul’s Mall and the Jazz Workshop were adjoining clubs, located downstairs at 733 Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay. During the week of July 31-August 6, 1972, the Charles Lloyd Quartet was at the Workshop and comedian Dick Gregory was at the Mall, along with pop singers Jimmie and Vella. (They were actually brother and sister.)

This original flyer measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches (14 x 21.5 cm) and is printed on card stock. It was intended for use as a direct mail piece. The reverse side has the return address and postal permit info. The card is in near-mint condition. Price: $25. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Club Ruby May 1966 handbillClub Ruby was a small room on Baisley Boulevard in Queens, across the street from what were then the grounds of St Albans Naval Hospital (today’s Roy Wilkins Park). In 1966-67, New York promoter Jim Harrison presented some sessions that were every bit as hip as what was happening in Manhattan. On May 19, 1966, the club hosted a tribute to Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown and Booker Little. Featured were seven top trumpeters of the mid-1960s: Freddie Hubbard, Blue Mitchell, Bill Hardman, Tommy Turrentine, Richard Williams, Lonnie Hillyer and Charles Tolliver. Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson also played.

This original flyer is printed on lightweight plain paper and measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches (14 x 21.5 cm). Condition is very fine. The handbill came back from the print shop with the image a bit off-center on the page. Price: $29. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Blood Sweat and Tears Apr 1970 handbillThe rock/jazz/blues horn band Blood, Sweat & Tears had their bags packed for an overseas tour when they stopped at the Boston Garden on April 17, 1970. David Clayton-Thomas, Lew Soloff, Bobby Colomby and company played for a sellout crowd. Their concert was sponsored by the Now Crowd at radio station WRKO-AM, which at the time was a national trend-setter in the world of rock radio.

This original flyer measures 8.25 x 11 inches (21 x 28 cm) and is printed on plain paper. It is in near-mint condition. Price: $29. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Benny Goodman postcard 1966Here is a postcard promoting a notable engagement by Benny Goodman’s Sextet at the Rainbow Grill, 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, May 31 through June 16, 1966. This sextet included such diverse talents as trumpeter Doc Cheatham and pianist Herbie Hancock. They were reviewed by Down Beat’s Dan Morgenstern in the July 28, 1966 issue. The card features the iconic Al Hirschfeld caricature of Benny playing clarinet with many hands, and the reverse lists the particulars of the gig.

This original postcard measures 4-3/8 x 6-5/8 inches (11 x 17 cm) and is printed on card stock. Condition is near mint. A must for the Goodman collector! Price: $18. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Flyer for Miles Davis at Jazz Workshop, Nov 1967 Miles Davis was back in a Boston nightclub for the first time since 1961 when he played the Jazz Workshop over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in November 1967. Davis was promoting his new quintet album, The Sorcerer. He brought a quartet for his first appearance at the Workshop, with regulars Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams, and Eddie Gomez substituting for Ron Carter. Herbie Hancock did not make the trip to Boston.

This original Jazz Workshop flyer measures 8.5 x 9.5 inches (21.5 x 24 cm) and is printed on plain paper. Condition is very fine, with just a little handling wear. “1967” is written on the back in pencil. Price $34 plus shipping. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Photographs

PhotographsI have hundreds of press/promo 8 × 10 glossy black-and-white photos (and a few in color, too) dating from the 1960s through the 1990s, and sometimes a few that are earlier. Most are jazz artists, with a bit of blues, soul, pop, and classical as well. Are you looking for Count Basie, Kenny Burrell, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the Turtle Island String Quartet, or Cannonball Adderley? I might have it—and all photos are genuine and most are in excellent condition.

Here are a few examples. Contact me with questions or for a list of what is available, and refer to my Sales Policy page for information on invoicing and payment. Click on any image to see it at a larger size.

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Photo of Sir Charles Thompson, ca. 1947Jazz pianist and composer Sir Charles Thompson. This photo, from the famous studio of Bruno of Hollywood, is undated. It was probably taken during Thompson’s time with Illinois Jacquet. That is where he was when he wrote his most famous composition, “Robin’s Nest,” in 1947.  This copy was probably printed in about 1960. It was in the files of an agent who booked Thompson that year.

The print is in very fine plus condition. There are two staple holes in the upper left corner, in the margin outside the image, and the lower left corner is creased, also outside the image area. The Troy Street Images watermark does not appear on the actual photo. Price: $18. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Art Farmer Signed Photo 1967In December 1967, the trumpeter and flugelhornist Art Farmer played at the Jazz Workshop in Boston. Farmer was a veteran presence on the scene by then; he had been performing and recording for over 20 years, and his playing was noted for its lyricism and warm tone. He signed this photo at that time. Although the signature is clear, the ballpoint pen was skipping a bit on the photo’s glossy surface.

This 8 x 10 print is in very fine condition—no marks, tears, or creases, and no marks on the reverse. The lower left corner is creased, but the damage is outside the image area. The Troy Street Images watermark does not appear on the actual photo. Price: $49. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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The Festival Scene

Posters, programs and flyers from North American and European jazz festivals.

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Newport 1970 flyerThe 17th annual Newport Jazz Festival took place at Festival Field in Newport RI on July 10-12, 1970. It was a heady mix of jazz, blues and a touch of R&B, with Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Ike and Tina Turner, Buddy Rich, Ella, Cannonball, T-Bone Walker… all the cats.

This original two-sided flyer measures 8.5 x 10.5 inches (21.5 x 26.5 cm) and is printed on heavy plain paper. You could fold piece and use as a mailer, but this copy is unused and its condition is very fine. The Troy Street Images watermark does not appear on the actual item. Price: $35. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Posters

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Music Magazines and Publications

Music MagazinesI sell books and magazines through eBay. I generally have many issues of Down Beat on hand, from the 1940s through the 1970s. I also have a rotating stock of other magazines, such as Jazz and its successors Jazz & Pop and Words & Music. I might have copies of Jazz Journal, Coda, Jazz Review, or Metronome. Stock always varies. Check my seller page on eBay to see current offerings, or contact me directly if you’re looking for something in particular.

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